The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides a variety of programs for Kentucky veterans, including Homeless Veteran Reintegration Programs, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provided to transitioning service members at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, and funding for veterans’ program specialists at the Kentucky Career Center. VETS is also responsible for investigating disputes and alleged violations involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
Billy Miller is director of the VETS office in Kentucky. The office mailing address is:
Veterans' Employment and Training Service
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Employment and Training
275 E. Main Street
(CHR Building), 2nd Floor West
Frankfort, KY 40621-2339
Getting your old job back: USERRA
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides benefits and guidance to returning service members who are seeking re-employment with their former employers.
A veteran who has recently returned from a tour of duty has special re-employment rights under federal law. Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve called to active duty or training have the right to return to their civilian jobs – in both the private and public sectors – with all the benefits they would have accrued if not for their military service. If you qualify, your former employer could be required to reinstate you, complete with any seniority benefits that have accrued during your absence. You must apply for re-employment in a timely manner following your release from active duty. For more information on the USERRA, contact the VETS office listed above.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) works with all employers and all Guard and Reserve service members to inform them about the legal rights and responsibilities of employees returning to civilian jobs under the USERRA.